Originally Posted by Ateneo_BluEagles
How can Michigan play in the Rose Bowl, assuming they defeat OSU? Don't you have to be in the top 10 BCS standings to be invited to a BCS Bowl game?
If you win the conference championship in a conference that is an "Automatic Qualifier" you are guaranteed a BCS bowl bid, even if you suck and haven't beaten a decent team all year like OSU and Michigan. As I recall, the automatic qualifier conferences are Big 10, Big 12, SEC, Pac-10, ACC, and Big East. Good teams in non automatic qualifying conferences Mountain West, WAC, Conference USA to name a few), usually get screwed (except Boise State in 2006 and Utah in 2004)
I was kind of hoping OSU might make it to the Mythical National Championship game undefeated. If that happened 10 one loss teams would be clamoring for the chance to beat them for the Championship. Effectively, the vote for who got to play Ohio State would determine the National Champion. Ohio State had a complete "cupcake" non-conference schedule.
It is still going to be chaotic. LSU still has to win 3 games Ole Miss, Arkansas and conference final, Oregon doesn't have anyone good left on their schedule (Arizona, UCLA and OSU). Oklahoma still has to play Tech, OSU and the winner of Missouri - Kansas game. Kansas and Missouri have each other and then probably OU left to play. West Virginia might sneak in, but they still have 2 ranked opponents to play.